December 2, 2023

The Ocean Seaside Pier, which has been closed for six months as a consequence of winter storm injury, will reopen Saturday.

The town closed the pier Jan. 6, and determined to attend till after the winter storm season ended earlier than reopening it, officers stated.

A advisor was additionally employed to evaluate injury. In Could, it was decided that whereas storms precipitated minor injury to the pier’s railings and pump station, the pier itself was structurally protected.

Crews repaired the pier’s services and railings, and can proceed engaged on the pump station for a number of weeks, which received’t affect public entry.

Restrooms will stay closed till the pump station repairs are completed, in accordance with the town.

Saturday’s reopening comes sooner or later forward of the 57th anniversary of the pier’s grand opening and in time for Independence Day, the town stated.

In a associated observe, metropolis officers are in search of suggestions on the Ocean Seaside Pier Renewal challenge, which is targeted on a long-term answer for the pier, together with a possible alternative.

A 2018 examine decided that the pier “has reached the tip of its service life and the town is partaking San Diegans on what they wish to see for this landmark sooner or later,” officers stated.

On June 10, the town held a second group workshop on the challenge. Engineering consultants are utilizing enter for a number of design alternate options on pier alternative. Design alternate options will contain price, environmental allowing, historic significance, operational utilization and sustainability.

The alternate options are anticipated within the fall, with the popular design chosen in early 2024, in accordance with the town. A challenge schedule and value estimate would be the subsequent step after a design is chosen.

The town has $8.4 million in state funding the challenge, and can pursue different state and federal grants, officers stated.

Metropolis Information Service contributed to this text.